Obituaries

Nancy Collins-Eames, of Mancelona, lost her battle with cancer at the age of 69 on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. She is survived by two sons, Dale “Bobby” Pearson of Harrison Michigan, and Keith Pearson (Dixie McDonald) of Mancelona; her mother Ruby M. Collins of Mancelona (residing at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire); siblings, Larry (Ila) Collins of St. Louis, Mich., Allen (Carol)...
Brierly W. Anderson, Jr. (known as “BJ”), age 46, died from a sudden illness on Aug. 10, 2018 in Evanston, Illinois with family by his side. Born in 1972 in Evanston to Brigitte (nee Knitter) Anderson and the late Brierly Anderson, Sr., BJ was a lifelong Evanston resident. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1990 and Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994, where he was a member of SAE...
M. Joyce Smith – who loved playing golf and being a wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother – passed away on Aug. 2, at the age of 88. Born Dec. 16, 1929 in Central Lake to Orrin and Anna Lathrop, Joyce was known for her selfless devotion to family, sweet personality, sharp intellect, flair for fashionable dressing and her passion for her bulldogs. Joyce’s late husband of 70 years, Don...
Betty Jane Johnson, 94 of Gaylord died peacefully, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at Aspen Ridge. She was born Jan. 12, 1924 in Detroit, the daughter of George L. and Helen M. (Peffers) Coatta. Betty moved from Central Lake to Gaylord in 1961 and she worked many years as a care giver with the State of Michigan and in several different locations around Gaylord. She was a member of the First United...
Maxine Whitney Smith, 74, of Eastport, passed away on July 29, 2018 at Munson Hospice House. Max was born on Oct. 22, 1943 in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Wallace and Maxine (Garnett) Whitney. Max was a personable lady who loved hosting family and friends. She could walk into a crowd of strangers and know them all by the time the conversation ended. She had a love for music, especially singing...
Michael Anthony Chippa, age 45 of Elmira, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Mike was born in Grayling on Nov. 3, 1972 to Michael and Janice (Bainter) Chippa. From the time he could walk, Mike helped his parents at Chippa’s Farm in Elmira, a job that he stayed in all his life. In 1991, he graduated from Alba High School. After graduation, Mike worked at Glen’s, and finished his...
Thomas “Tiny” Edward Downs, 60, of Kalkaska, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Tom was born on Oct. 6, 1957 in Detroit, to the late Russell and Mechel (Siever) Downs. He was born and raised in Grosse Ile, where he learned the love of hunting and fishing at a young age. Tom moved to Kalkaska in 1978 and has been with Fochtman’s Carquest for 40 years. In 2012, Tom together with his...
George S. Anton, 91, of Mancelona, passed away on Aug. 6, 2018 at his home. George was born on April 14, 1927 in Detroit, the son of William and Martha (Januszewski) Anton. George was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mancelona and loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping and archery. He also enjoyed drawing, as well as electronics. He proudly served in the U....
Frederick “Fritz” Rufus Dodge, beloved father of Autumn, Chicory and Noah died unexpectedly, due to a severe reaction to a new aggressive chemotherapy treatment, at the age of 75 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey on July 9, 2018. Fritz was born on April 3, 1943, to Rufus and Edna (Scott) Dodge. He grew up on the Centennial Tree Farm on South Straits Highway; attended school in...

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